2010 Australian Election – Queensland

Queensland is just about the same size as Alaska with a total coastline of nearly 7,000 km (4,300 miles) or more than twice the length of the US Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastlines put together. The extreme northern tip of the state reaches nearly to Papua New Guinea while the Great Barrier Reef lies off of most of the state’s eastern coastline. The state’s population is about 4.5 million or about the same as Louisiana. The largest city in the state is Brisbane with roughly half the state’s population living in its metropolitan area. The famed Gold Coast, at about the same latitude as central Florida, is about 100 km southeast of Brisbane. Brisbane’s climate is subtropical and it has never recorded a temperature below freezing.[1]

 Map 1

Position of Queensland in Australia

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Map 2

Queensland Major Cities

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Source: GreenwichMeanTime.com

The state elected 30 House members in the 2010 election. Just under 2.4 million votes were cast in the 2010 election with the Liberal group receiving a 13.8 percentage point plurality over the Labor group in the first preference votes, a 12 percentage point swing from the previous election. While Labor had held a 15-14 seat edge in the state prior to the 2010 election, a slim advantage that would be reversed to an 8-21 deficit:

2010 House of Representatives Election

Queensland

First Preference Votes

Group or Party

Candidates

Votes

% Share

Seats

Liberal Group

30

1,130,525

47.4%

21

Labor Group

30

800,712

33.6%

8

Greens

30

260,471

10.9%

0

Midstream Liberal Group

34

97,456

4.1%

0

Upstream Group

                31

46,726

2.0%

0

Downstream Independent

1

38,170

1.6%

1

Midstream Independent

2

10,119

0.4%

0

Totals

158

2,384,179

100%

30

Source: Australian Election Commission

As elsewhere in the country, the Labor group benefitted from the Greens generous allotment of preference votes to Labor group candidates. However, the mainstream Liberal group parties pulled a respectable 4.1% of the first preference vote in the state providing some offset to the onslaught of Green votes. In the end, Green preferences provided only about a 108,000 vote edge to the Labor group and only slightly denting the wide overall lead enjoyed by the Liberal group in Queensland:

Preference Vote Distribution 2010 Election

Queensland

From/To

Liberal Group

Labor Group

Net

Greens

81,097

219,067

-137,970

Midstream Liberal Group

53,498

23,454

30,044

Source: Australian Election Commission

2010 Vote Totals After Midstream Preferential Distribution

Queensland

Group

Votes

% Share

Liberal Group

1,265,120

53.06%

Labor Group

1,043,233

43.76%

Source: Australian Election Commission


[1] All of information in the paragraph is from Wikipedia.

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